While unappreciated and controversial during most of his life,
Anton Bruckner is today regarded as the greatest symphonist between
Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - in terms of originality, boldness and
monumentality of his music. The image of Bruckner the man, however,
is still extreme instance of the tenacious power of prejudice. No
less a figure than Gustav Mahler coined the aperçu about Bruckner
being «a simpleton - half genius, half imbecile». The... more...